Fundations can be implemented in one of three ways depending upon a school district’s comprehensive language arts program.
Whole Class General Education Instruction with Targeted Instruction for Children with Difficulties
Fundations can provide all students with a foundation for reading and spelling. It is delivered to the general
education classrooms in 25-30 minute lessons per day. This is appropriate when the core language arts program
does not present a systematic phonics approach. Fundations should be combined with literature-based instruction
to provide a comprehensive language arts program.
In addition to the daily whole class lesson, the students who struggle in general education classrooms
(in the lowest 30th percentile) should also have additional Fundations targeted instruction in a small group setting*.
Students in the Lowest 30th Percentile
In schools where Fundations is not used in the general classroom, it is appropriate to select Fundations
as an intervention program for students in the lowest 30th percentile. Students should have Fundations for
40-60 minutes each day, completing the 20-25 minute daily lesson, plus supplemental activities, as appropriate.
Supplemental activities are provided in the Fundations manual.
Students with a Language Based Learning Disability
Students with a language-based learning disability require explicit, cumulative, and multisensory instruction
due to a difference in learning style. Fundations can be combined with a literature-based program to
provide this type of required instruction as an alternative to the district's core language arts program. Lessons
should be scheduled daily and students should receive:
Fundations 25-30 minute daily lesson
Fundations targeted small group or 1:1 instruction (25 – 30 minutes) with supplemental activities*
Literature-based comprehension instruction and other decodable text instruction (30 minutes – 1 hour).
Students in grades 2 and 3 that need more intensive 1:1 instruction should be tutored by a certified Wilson
teacher with the Wilson Reading System®.
*Supplemental activities are provided in the Fundations manual.